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Students build a model of the soil layers by filling a clear mason jar with six different colors of sand. The students work together to identify which color stands for which layer. They record the layers of their jar in a journal.
Students explore the soil layers in their local community. In this earth science lesson, students classify soil samples according to their texture. They explain how to estimate the depth of the active layer with measuring it.
In this soil instructional activity, students will use a diagram of a soil profile showing different soil layers to complete 7 short answer questions.
Students discuss what is found in soil. In this science lesson plan, students observe the soil outside and write down information in regards to location, vegetation, and topography. Students experiment with the soil and its many properties including the color, texture, and any living organisms within it.
Learners study and classify soil. In this soil science lesson plan, students classify soil by texture and size and study soil horizons. Learners label the soil types with their specific soil horizon and learn about permafrost. Students complete a soil horizons worksheet.
Fourth graders research soil layers and create a soil profile in a jar.  In this soil profile instructional activity, 4th graders working in groups, research a given layer of soil, make a 3-5 minute presentation to the class, and complete a worksheet.  Students individually fill a small jar with particles to demonstrate a soil profile.
In this soil formation activity, high schoolers will review examples of chemical weathering and biological weathering. Students will also review the different soil layers and how they are created. This activity has 6 matching, 5 multiple choice, 4 true or false, and 3 short answer questions.
Students examine soil. In this soil composition lesson students participate in soil sedimentation and filtration activities. The students discuss what non-living and living things are in soil and why it is so important.
Students recognize how the climate of the Hudson Valley has changed since the last glaciation and be able to explain these changes. They reconstruct the paleoclimate of the Hudson Valley.
Students explore the layers of soil. In this soil lesson plan, students investigate the different layers of soil. Students use cookies, crackers, and pudding to create an edible model of the soil layers.
Students model the soils layers using Oreo's. In this lesson plan students use their favorite food items to create a model of soil layers. A discovery lesson plan from a youth camp is adapted for classroom modeling and discussion of soil ecology.  Teachers can customize to add depth to meet their needs.
Middle schoolers read and discuss the information that they read on the "Kentucky Coal, Reclamation and Subsidence." They then answer questions in reference to the reading. Some questions that students answer are: What is reclamation?, Name three uses of reclaimed land., and What natural resources must be considered when mining and reclamation are considered?
Ninth graders identify the different layers of soil. In this earth science lesson, 9th graders explain how limestone layers are formed. They identify the different parts of the coral colony.
Digging up a more valuable geology app than this one would be hard to do! This app introduces junior geologists to rocks, minerals, soil, and fossils with informational text, photographs, and videos. Check it out, but don't take it for granite! 
"God made dirt, so dirt don't hurt!" In fact, dirt is soil, which is an amazingly dynamic material that we cannot live without! Dig into the depths of soil development, topography, and layers with this PowerPoint. The photos are fuzzy, but the content and presentation are just right for your middle school geologists. It shouldn't take much time to replace the fuzzy photos, certainly less than creating a valuable presentation from scratch!
In this rocks and soils instructional activity, students will complete a Venn diagram comparing the specific characteristics of rocks and soils.
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second lesson of this series on the science of food. Investigate where plants and animals get the minerals they need to live in this two-part exploration of soil. First, learners look carefully at soil samples, recording their observations and identifying the different materials they find. Then, plastic bottles filled with soil and water are shaken up in order to observe how the soil settles in different layers at the bottom. Measure these layers and discuss how soil is composed of a variety of materials. Use this activity to facilitate a better understanding of plant life, or as part of a lesson on geological processes.
Teach your class the descriptive characteristics of soil. Provide information about particle size and a flow chart for assessing texture. Soil scientists then analyze samples and hypothesize which would be the best type for a rain garden. This sixth lesson in a series of fifteen, is an integral part of planning.
Eighth graders put their knowledge of rocks and minerals into perspective by seeing how minerals can be mined and the difficulties and costs of mining. They explore the environmental impacts of mining.
This presentation on soil shows how it is formed, what the different types of soil are, how soil is eroded, and how soil can be conserved. Fantastic photos and excellent graphics and text are found in each of the slides. The last slide is set up as a nice review of everything pupils have learned during the slide show. An excellent PowerPoint!

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